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Celebrate the Iranian New Year with the 9th Annual Nowruz Festival on March 12, 2017 at UCLA

- The most colorful festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. Bringing together joyous sounds and spectacle for all to enjoy, the event is bigger than ever for its Ninth Annual Nowruz festival. The Farhang Foundation debuts a new home at UCLA's Royce Hall and Dickson Court, having outgrown the previous venue at LACMA. - 2/22/17

Book: Norooz with My Family

- A new book on Norooz, the Persian New Year, authored by Dr. Khodadad Kaviani: A sister and her brother share with classmates their Norooz (New Year) experiences. They live in Yazd, Iran, the city of beautiful wind catchers. They talk about spring cleaning, carpet washing, chaarshanbeh soori, preparing the Haft-Seen, plus other activities during this festive time of year. - 2/22/17

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter's Growing Popularity in Iran

- Twitter's growth in Iran can be tracked through three distinct stages; when it was banned in 2009, during the nuclear talks in 2013-15, and after the ban was partially lifted in 2016. - 2/22/17

PHOTOS: Life in the Iranian village Belker

- People in the beautiful and pristine village of Belker, 85 kilometers from Marivan, in Iran's western province of Kordestan, live a hard but happy life. Despite freezing winter days and recurrent snow storms the locals have learned the ways to cope with their condition. -Amir Ali Razzaghi - 2/21/17

Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World established at UCLA

- UCLA has established the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World, the first center in the Western Hemisphere that aims to advance the knowledge of ancient Iranian languages, history and religions. The Pourdavoud Center was named for the late Professor Ebrahim Pourdavoud, a pioneering scholar of ancient Persia, and was made possible by a gift from his granddaughter, Dr. Anahita Naficy Lovelace, and her husband, James B. Lovelace. - 2/16/17

Glamour and heartbreak: The precious jewels of Iran's 'sad-eyed' princess

- Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari never imagined that one day she would marry Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and that she would reign over her country, Iran. She was queen for seven years, from 1951 to 1958. -Vincent Meylan, CNN - 2/13/17

Iran's Khamenei and Trump spar, and sports and academic ties feel blowback

- Among the first casualties of President Trump's immigration ban was the United States wrestling team - victims of a reciprocal Iranian ban that would have kept Americans out of the Freestyle World Cup in Iran in mid-February. Then Mr. Trump's ban was suspended by court order. Iran responded by rescinding its ban. The American wrestlers could travel. Not so lucky were two Iranian archers planning to take part in a stage of the indoor Archery World Cup in Las Vegas this weekend. Their US visas were never issued. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 2/8/17

VIDEO: Foreign Tour Guides Describe Iran With Body Language

- The 17th World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations Convention was held in Tehran from January 28 to February 1, 2017. On the sidelines of the convention, the international tour guides were asked to describe their journey to Iran with body language gestures. - 2/6/17

Does Shiraz wine come from Iran?

- Until the Islamic revolution, Iran had a tradition of wine-making which stretched back centuries. It centred on the ancient city of Shiraz - but is there a connection between the place and the wine of the same name now produced and drunk across the world? -Anahita Sham, BBC - 2/5/17

Winner of Farhang's annual Nowruz banner competition announced

- Each year, Farhang Foundation, through its Nowruz Banner Competition, reaches out to a global community of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers, enlisting their talents to create and submit original designs that capture the essence of Nowruz. During the weeks leading to Farhang's annual Nowruz celebration, the winning design is featured on large street banners in prominent areas of Los Angeles announcing the event. - 2/2/17

How Persian shadow theater is bringing an Iranian epic to life

- One day last summer, Hamid Rahmanian was in his graphic design studio in New York, thinking about how to adapt a classic Persian story to the stage. Shahnameh, or "The Book of Kings," is one of the world's longest epic poems. Rahmanian, who grew up in the Iranian capital of Tehran, had already adapted it into an intricate illustrated book. Now he wanted audiences to see it live. -Daniel A. Gross, WUNC - 1/24/17

CONCERT: A Celebration of Music from Iran at Stanford University

- Iranian Studies at Stanford is proud to co-sponsor two concerts on Iranian music with the Center for East Asian Studies as part of the Pan-Asian Music Festival. The concert will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University. - 1/23/17

4th Annual Farhang Connect celebration in Los Angeles

- Join Farhang Foundation's Generations Council for the 4th Annual FARHANG CONNECT celebration on Saturday February 4, 2017 at Riviera 31 in Los Angeles. Featuring a Persian musical performance and demo by maestros Hamid Saeidi & Mehrdad Arabi, plus music by Dj Arin. - 1/23/17

PHOTOS: Rescue operations underway after high-rise collapse in Iran

- Iranian rescue workers are digging tunnels to reach the underground stories of the ageing high-rise that collapsed in downtown Tehran amid ongoing search operations to retrieve those trapped. Plasco Building caught fire in early Thursday and came down only hours later, blockading 25 to 30 people under the detritus. - 1/20/17

30 Firefighters Dead in Tehran's Commercial Building Fire, Collapse

- Iranian rescue teams and dozens of trucks worked through the night searching the ruins trying to reach trapped firefighters and other victims a day after a historic high-rise building in the heart of Tehran caught fire and later collapsed, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring more than 80 people. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 1/20/17

PHOTOS: 30 Firefighters Die, Over 100 People Missing As Tehran High-Rise Collapses After Fire

- A massive fire erupted on Thursday in a mega mall in downtown Tehran, the city's most populous area, bringing the whole the 17-story building down. Thirty firefighters have lost their lives, according to IRIB. Death toll is expected to rise. More than 100 people are estimated to have been trapped under rubble. - 1/19/17

Interview with Loris Tjeknavorian: A Country That's Got It All Is Still Poor without Art

- Loris Tjeknavorian is one of the most prominent composers and conductors, one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Iran and Armenia. Born on 13 October, 1937 in Borujerd, Loris Tjeknovarian is also one of the leading conductors of his generation. He has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, US, Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, Russia, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa and Denmark. - 1/18/17

The Bride's Side

- Separate celebrations for women and men mean twice the business for Iran's growing wedding industry. -Tacita Vero, Slate - 1/13/17

The story of an Iranian soldier who lost a limb saving a dog trapped in minefield

- Mohammad Bakhtar, a 19-year-old Iranian soldier, has been highly lauded after losing his leg while trying to save a dog trapped in a barbed wire fence around a minefield. Mohammad's story, has gone viral in the country since the incident which happened in a garrison in Ajabshir, northwestern East Azarbaijan province, the Department of Environment official website reported. - 1/7/17

PHOTOS: Iranian-Armenian Contemporary Art Exhibition "Solidarity" opens in Tehran

- An Exhibition of Armenian Pioneer artists titled Meeting (Didar) opened on January 6, 2017 at Maryam Art Gallery in Tehran. The exhibition, held with the cooperation of Ardak Manoukian Museum, is to honor the influence of Armenian artists on Iranian contemporary art. - 1/7/17

Photos: Earthquake Kills Afghan Laborers In Iran

- Iranian media has reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit a village in the country's south, killing four people, according to state television. State TV said the earthquake struck in the early hours of January 6 in the village of Saifabad near the town of Khonj, about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran. - 1/6/17

Photos: Sculptor Qodratollah Aqeli's new exhibit criticizes social behavior

- "The Peculiarity of Creatures", an exhibition of sculptures by Qodratollah Aqeli, has criticized the daily social behavior of people. The exhibit, which opened in Tehran's Sareban Gallery on Friday, showcases a collection of about twenty busts and sculptures. - 1/2/17

PHOTOS: New Year Celebration at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran, Iran

- Iran's Armenian Christian community held a ceremony at Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the New Year 2017. During the ceremony, special prayers were said and candles were lit. This was also a chance for some to pose with Santa! -photos by Majid Haghdoust - 1/2/17

PHOTOS: New Year 2017 shopping in Tehran

- These photos by Majid Haghdoust show the Iranian Christians shopping for the New Year 2017 in the capital city Tehran. While Iran is officially designated the "Islamic Republic," among its more than 70 million people is a small but important Christian minority. Most of Iran's Christians are Armenians and Assyrians, who remain relatively free to follow their faith. - 12/31/16

PHOTOS: Father of Turquoise Mine

- Seyyed Hassan Afkhami is a lovely old man who has been working in Neishabour Turquoise Mine since he was 12 years old. Majority of local people here have been engaged in extracting the precious stone from the world's largest turquoise mine located near Neishabour in Khorasan Razavi province (map) that has a long history dating back to 3,000 b.c. - 12/30/16

Holiday Greetings, New Year Wishes

- With fearful-tearful eyes and intimate sympathy with all those suffering from our inhuman violence, cruelty & killings throughout the world. Particularly in this chronological felicitous time of Christ's Birthday. Followed a few days after the Birth of the ancient Iranian God-Goddess of Love Mehr-Mithra -Roya Monajem - 12/28/16

Expatriate designer Sadegh Roushani remaking Iran's image

- Australia-based Iranian designer Sadegh Roushani plans to use fashion to remake Iran's image in the world. In 2014, he launched his fashion label Roushani Design in the Gold Coast to produce apparel with decorative Iranian motifs and images of the historical sites in his homeland. - 12/28/16

Yasmin Khan's "The Saffron Tales: Recipes From the Persian Kitchen"

- Armed with little more than a notebook and a bottle of pomegranate molasses, British-Iranian cook Yasmin Khan traversed Iran in search of the country's most delicious recipes. Her quest took her from the snowy mountains of Tabriz and the paddyfields of Gilan to the cosmopolitan cafes of Tehran and the pomegranate orchards of Isfahan, where she was welcomed into the homes of artists, farmers, electricians and teachers. Through her travels, she gained a unique insight into the culinary secrets of the Persian kitchen and the lives of ordinary Iranians today. - 12/27/16

Happy Holiday Season...

- As we once again approach the much hyped, hustle and bustle of the holiday season, one cannot help but pause and contemplate the diversity of faiths worldwide, still revered by individuals versus the more exploitative and intrusive politicized religiosities that have, sadly, led to accumulation of power and wealth through subjugating the masses to violence, enslavement, injustice, and greed. -Davood N. Rahni - 12/24/16

Yalda Night: A warm welcome to winter, felicitous farewell to fall

- Once again, Iranians from all walks of life and all around the globe are arranging to celebrate Shab-e Yalda (Yalda Night), which falls on December 20. The auspicious yet thousands-year-old occasion, known as the longest and darkest night of the year, marks the last eve of autumn and the beginning of winter. - 12/20/16

Iranians celebrate the longest night of the year: Yalda

- Yalda is the name by which the longest night of the year is known in Iran. Iranians mark the end of autumn and the advent of winter in one of the most celebrated national events. In public belief, the night of the last day of the Persian calendar month of Azar - this year it falls on December 20th - harbors the eventual victory of light over darkness. - 12/20/16

TEDxTehran 2016: "Good Morning Tehran"

- Our lives in Tehran and worldwide is in constant motion. Time is always in transition. This was a reflection of TEDxTehran theme the past three years. We began with our city, Tehran En Route, heading towards an inflection point, The Verge of a Breakthrough that gave way to A New Paradigm. So what comes right after this journey to a New Paradigm? - 12/16/16

Dr. Homayoon Shidnia and Persian Manuscript Studies in the US

- Last Thursday, December 8, 2016, the Persian manuscript tradition lost its greatest patron in the West. Professor Homayoon Shidnia (1930-2016), who passed away in Indianapolis organized the small but culturally influential Iranian community of Indiana and created the non-profit Foundation for the Preservation of Persian Manuscripts nearly two decades ago. -Dr. Mahmoud Omidsalar - 12/15/16

Iran's Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei's War on Western Culture

- In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic's growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has revealed that the crackdown on the sector is ongoing, is being led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in concert with Iran's Judiciary, and follows a decree by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei against all forms of perceived western culture. - 12/9/16

I Want to Cry Like Soraya

- Don't we all? On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the passing of Iran's Queen Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari, Joobin Bekhrad remembers her and two other Iranian luminaries who also met their untimely ends in Paris -Reoirent - 12/6/16

UNESCO approves Noruz collective feast of 12 nations

- The celebration of Noruz, the New Year shared by 12 countries, was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO on Wednesday. Noruz marks the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area. It is celebrated on March 21st every year. - 12/1/16

Yalda Evening in London: Musical performance by Vida Edalat and reception

- Join the Iran Heritage Foundation for the final event of the year in anticipation of Shab-e Yalda, when the days once again start to get longer after the winter solstice. This will be a social evening, with a musical performance by Vida Edalat, accompanied by the Saba Ensemble, followed by a reception with drinks and Persian nibbles. - 11/30/16

135 year old registered as oldest man in Iran

- An ongoing national census in Iran has registered a 135 year old as the oldest Iranian man and the second oldest one in the world. 'Ahmad Soufi' who lives in the western city of 'Saqqez', Kordestan province, was born in February 1882. - 11/26/16

Photos: Tehran hosting 4th Christian-Muslim Summit

- The 4th Christian-Muslim Summit kicked off on Sunday attended by representatives from Shia and Sunni Islam as well as Catholic, Protestant and Anglican Christianity. - 11/8/16

Iran's President Rouhani questions youth despair despite ample progress

- "To those who criticize the JCPOA for having failed to do anything for the country, I shall say that JCPOA has presented Iran with the right to choose freely for its exports, imports, interactions with the world, selecting clients and the type of goods," President Rouhani said in praise of the nuclear deal that came into effect during his administration. - 11/2/16

Sense of mission leads young artist in way to promote Persian literature

- Young calligrapher Amir Jalilvand, who is also a prominent photographer, talks about a sense of responsibility that leads him in a way to promote contemporary Persian literature in Iran today. He believes that Iranians, many of whom nowadays have an academic education, are suffering from a dearth of minimum knowledge of their literature. -Seyyed Mostafa Mousavi Sabet - 10/27/16

Millions of Shia Muslims observe Ashura worldwide

- Millions of Shia Muslims in Iran and other parts of the world are commemorating Ashura, which marks the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein, the third Shia Imam. The faithful have converged on the streets and in mosques with heavy hearts to honor Ashura, the 10th day of the first month of the Islamic lunar calendar Muharram, which is the climax of the mourning processions. - 10/12/16

Isfahan on track to become a city of bicycles

- Isfahan Municipality is arranging for the city to become a city of bicycles, an official with the Department of Environment has said. "Isfahan Municipality has initiated talks with the Dutch to develop the necessary technical infrastructure to turn the city into a city of bicycles," Mohammad Darvish said. Isfahan and Neishabur municipalities did best in creating bike lanes and cycling infrastructure, Darvish noted. - 10/2/16

Expressive Photos Reveal a Rare, Alternative View of Iran

- Iranian photographer Hossein Fatemi, however, offers a glimpse of an entirely different side to Iran than the image usually broadcasted by domestic and foreign media. In his photo series An Iranian Journey, many of the photographs reveal an Iran that most people never see, presenting an eye-opening look at the amazing diversity and contrasts that exist in the country. -My Modern Met - 10/2/16

Iran Unveiled: The Street Photography Collective That Shows the Softer Side of Iran

- Iran Unveiled, an artist collective made up of nine Iranian photographers in their 20's and early 30's, aims to show a side of Iran that's often missing from its portrayals in Western media by inviting its viewers on a walk through Iran, one photograph at a time. -narratively - 9/30/16

2016 Annual Mehregan Conference at University of California, Irvine

- Join Farhang Foundation and the Jordan Center for Persian Studies at the University of California, Irvine for the 2nd Annual Mehregan Conference! Featuring: THE MANY VOICES OF MOWLANA by Professor Alan Williams of the University of Manchester; ATTAR AND HIS SOCIETY by Dr. Soheila Saremi of Saddleback College; Musical Perforamnce by the Traditional Persian Quartet - 9/29/16

Shiraz in Shiraz: Why wine is integral to Persian culture

- IT IS easy to assume that Iran has never been a site of drunken revelries. Westerners imagine Iranians to be a homogenously pious and modest group, and so suppose that viticulture is wholly foreign to them... Yet suggesting that drinking is a quasi-blasphemous act obfuscates the fact that alcohol-and wine in particular-has been an inextricable part of Iranian culture and identity for millennia. Indeed, current estimates suggest that Iranians imbibe around 60m litres of alcohol a year despite the government crackdown. -Economist - 9/27/16

Iran's first online census gets into high gear

- Iranians have begun taking part in the country's first national online census, with one official saying general response on the first day was "unprecedented". Ashkan Shabbak, head of the supervisory committee on the census, told IRNA news agency on Sunday that he expected 35% of Iranians to fill out online version of the survey. Those who do not use the Internet will be surveyed in October. - 9/26/16

Defying prejudice, Islam's mystical, musical strain appeals to New Yorkers

- Every Thursday night, the music of a tanbour, a long-necked stringed instrument, resounds across the wooden floors of a Manhattan room, wrapped with warm Persian rugs. Barefoot men and women create circles and sway to the cadence of the melody. -Economist - 9/26/16

Persian Food Primer: 10 Essential Iranian Dishes

- A visit to Iran yields a stunning variety of culinary delights. Between the familiar kebab and the decidedly outré grilled lamb's testicles, there's a vast spectrum of foods: caviar, pickle, and smoked fish in the north; samosas, falafel and hot and sour shrimp in the south; noodles, flatbread and rosewater-scented ice cream across the country. -Louisa Shafia, Food Republic - 9/22/16

The Subtle Secrets Of Persian Home Kitchens

- It's a little strange to ponder how closely Naomi Duguid's cookbooks track with President Obama's foreign policy initiatives; those aren't typically two topics one discusses in the same breath... Today, as her new book Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan is released, the U.S. and Iran have signed a comprehensive nuclear deal and newly relaxed sanctions have sent waves of Western tourists to Tehran and beyond. -Roads and Kingdoms - 9/20/16

PHOTOS: The 4th "Art For Peace" Festival at Iranian Artists' Forum in Tehran

- The fourth term of "Art for Peace" Festival opened at Iranian Artist Forum on 15 September 2016. 140 artists are exhibiting their works in painting, photography, Sculpture, installation, video art, music and performance at various galleries of Iranian House of Artists. - 9/19/16

Tabriz carpet, conveying message of peace and friendship, to be unveiled at WCC 2016 in Isfahan

- The carpet being woven by Hamid Kazemnia under the auspices of Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization will be unveiled at the 18th General Assembly of the World Crafts Council, which will be held in the city of Isfahan from September 24 to 27. - 9/18/16

PHOTOS: Mass Daf Performance In Sanandaj

- A thousand players of Daf musical instrument have performed together at 6th National Daf Festival in the city of Sanandaj for the first time in Iran's history. The group included thousands of men and women of various ages from Sanandaj, wearing traditional Kurdish clothes. - 9/17/16

Group Photo Exhibition in Berkeley, California: Iran Unveiled

- A unique photo project, curated by San Francisco local Mahya Jaberiansari, and co-curated by local artist Arash Shirinbab. The collection allows you to experience the country up close and personal, through the lens of 9 Iranian photographers residing in Iran and America. - 9/15/16

Farhad Fakhreddini, conductor of Iran'a National Orchestra, submits his resignation

- "Last year, I spent one of the best periods of my career and I had the honor to accompany a group of best musicians during several acclaimed performances. But concerning the orchestra, the officials did not address requirements, and all their efforts led it in a direction that I did not approve of, so I no longer felt it appropriate for me to continue working with the orchestra," noted Fakhreddini who founded the orchestra in 1998. - 9/9/16

Is the Islamic Republic embracing Iran's ancient past?

- Members of Iran's diaspora community tell the tale of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali mounting a bulldozer in 1979 and attempting to destroy Persepolis. The story represents the Islamic Revolution as having brought to an end a renaissance in the preservation and appreciation of Iran's cultural heritage. It is undeniable, however, that today there is a political will in Iran for it to emerge stronger in the field of cultural heritage protection. -Sasan Aghlani, Al Monitor - 9/7/16

Dogs, Deepak Chopra, Instagram weddings and other signs of change among Iran's middle class

- Iran's theocracy -- whose top clerics still lead "Death to America" chants at Friday prayers -- has exercised strict control over public behavior since taking power in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. But beneath the surface in this country of 80 million people, the hard-liners quietly are being challenged by a large urban middle class that has grown weary of religious strictures and more attuned to global trends. -Los Angeles Times - 9/6/16

Iranian dance group Aylan crowned at "World Folk 2016"

- Iran's Aylan Dance Group won the gold medal and honorary diploma at the World Championship of Folklore 'World Folk 2016' in Bulgaria, said the conductor of the group. Sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Bulgarian National Folklore Commission, the event hosted 1,200 musicians, singers and artists - 9/3/16

Mehregan 2016 Celebration in Santana Row, San Jose

- Santana Row, in partnership with the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC), will proudly celebrate the arrival of fall and the 2016 Persian Fall (Mehregan) on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at Park Valencia, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the evening. There will be nationally-acclaimed Persian musicians and artistic performers free to the public. - 8/24/16

PHOTOS: 16th Mobarak International Puppet Theatre Festival opens in Tehran

- 16th Mobarak International Puppet Festival was inaugurated the evening of the first day of the last Iranian month of summer in the presence of the joyful children of Tehran, who had come with their parents to Vahdat Hall to celebrate the opening. - 8/23/16

Iranian Rap Music Flourishes Underground Despite Strict Religious Laws in Tehran

- Now, roughly six months after the U.S. lifted economic sanctions, young Iranians are euphoric about rejoining the rest of the world. But many are still frustrated with the lack of jobs and still resentful of laws that prohibit criticizing the government in public, smoking marijuana or even drinking alcohol. Despite these strict rules, or perhaps because of them, underground music is flourishing, especially hip-hop. -Newsweek - 8/16/16

Traditional Music genres of the Iranian World

- Music and songs transferred orally among various Iranian tribes and peoples is an invaluable inheritance which should be known in order to be properly preserved. Iranian local music also called regional music according to some sources include the music of micro-cultures classified under Iranian or Persian Culture. - 8/15/16

"World Youth Orchestra - Sounds for Iran" project performs first concert in Tehran

- The World Youth Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra performed their first joint concert in Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Wednesday August 10. Two more performances are scheduled on Thursday and Friday nights. These concerts are organized by the National Academy of St. Cecilia and the Sapienza University of Rome. - 8/11/16

Iran Eases Process For Adoptive and Foster Parenting

- The State Welfare Organization of Iran has facilitated the process for prospective foster or adoptive families, an official with the organization announced. The adoption and foster laws which dated back to some 44 years ago were revised and modified in 2013 and are going to be implemented in the near future - 8/11/16

Iranian Ritual Performer Aram Khalkhali Selected As Peace Ambassador Of MusicFestival Of Montignac

- Montignac festival was held from July 26 to July 31, 2016 in the town of Montignac, France. At the closing ceremony, Ms. Khalkhali delivered the Peace Message to the other groups and as the representative of the festival expressed the international great aspiration for Peace on Earth. - 8/7/16

Pokemon Go Banned In Iran, Due To "National Security Concerns"

- The Iranian regime apparently has little tolerance for virtual monsters. On Friday, Iran officially became the first nation to ban Pokemon Go, the dizzyingly popular mobile phone app game that has taken the world by storm in recent months. Some countries, like Indonesia, have placed partial bans on the use of Pokemon Go. -Mehdi Jedinia, VOA - 8/6/16

Inside Tehran: how Iran is changing, one year on from the landmark nuclear deal

- A report from one of the Iranian capital's poorest and most conservative areas, and a trip around a new shopping mall in the north of the city. -Dominic Waghorn, New Statesman - 8/4/16

Call for Submissions: 2017 Nowruz Banner Contest

- Farhang Foundation is calling on aspiring and veteran graphic artists to submit original designs that conceptualize Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) commemorating Farhang's annual celebration of Nowruz in Los Angeles. - 8/1/16

53% of Iranians Are a Member of at Least One Social Media Platform

- According to Iran's head of Digital Media Development Center, 53% of Iranians are a member of at least one social media platform. "The average daily presence of Iranians on the internet is between 5 to 9 hours, while the global monthly average is 16 hours," claimed this Iranian official. -Hamed Jafari, Techsara - 8/1/16

Study Finds World's Tallest Are Dutch, Latvians

- Americans, once among the world's tallest people, have dropped from having men and women at 3rd and 4th in the global height rankings a 100 years earlier, to placing 37th and 42nd respectively in 2014. Iranian men have gained an average of 16.5 centimetres (cm) in height, and South Korean women 20.2 cm. -Reuters - 7/29/16

Pokemon Go hits Iran Like a Storm

- Pokemon Go took the world by surprise and Iranians also started playing the same day it was released in the US and Australia. Iranians are catching more Pokemons than you think. No, you read it right. Iranians are actually playing Pokemon Go even though it has not officially been launched in the country yet. -Alireza Jozi, Techrasa - 7/25/16

Newly literate Iranians to be awarded $40 each

- People who acquired literacy in the current school year (started September 23, 2015) will be awarded a total of 300 billion rials (nearly $8.5 million), Ali Baqerzadeh, director of the Literacy Movement Organization of Iran has said. - 7/21/16

Iranian musician composing opera on Nezami for Germany

- Iranian musician Nader Mashayekhi has been commissioned by the Berlin State Opera to compose an opera on Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE), the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. - 7/12/16

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iranian Film Director Abbas Kiarostami

- Thousands of Iranians, including artists, intellectuals, and others have attended the funeral ceremony in Tehran of the country's top filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76. Some at the memorial service held posters that said "First Welcome, Last Farewell" -- a reference to the lack of official attention he received in the Islamic republic. - 7/11/16



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